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The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark

Production Designer, Norman Reynolds: “I just wonder if it’s just a little bit convenient that everything happens in [the same town square].”

Steven Spielberg: “But you see, what it does is gives it a geography. And I think sometimes a geography makes an audience more secure with a story.”


Steven Spielberg: “Every actor needs a different director for each moment. And I think I have to be a different director for each actor, moment to moment.”


It was surprising to me how much Spielberg guided the actors. For example, he showed Karen Allen the exact facial expression he wanted for a scene.


Spielberg storyboarded the entire film himself in advance.